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Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?

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Re: Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2009, 10:30:02 PM »
I got back from my trip and can confirm there is plenty of water not only in Boot Springs and Fresno, but also in many places along the Smokey Creek trail between the Dodson and Mule Ears trail. 

We started in the Basin, went up Laguna to the South Rim, down Juniper canyon, along the Dodson, down the Smokey Creek trail, and then ended at Mule Ears parking lot.  Total of 3 nights, 34 miles.  I had a great time and will try to post some pictures when I have time.

Did you happen to get coordinates for water along the Smokey Creek section?

I don't have a GPS so this will be kind of approximate. Also, we didn't do the trail as is shown on the Trails Illustrated map, we veered off to the left (southeast.) First pools were around N29.17707 W 103.34167. Second pools were where we camped the third night at N29.16402 W103.36380. Again, this is very approximate. This location is just a little NE of where there is a huge pouroff that we had to hike around. Then when we got down to the bottom we bushwhacked a mile or so to the Mule Ears/Smokey Creek intersection (my sleeping pad that was sticking off the bottom of my pack is in shreds - glad it was the $10 Wal-Mart variety.) But I was really surprised at how much water we came across. I never had to carry more than 3 liters at a time the whole trip. That is also due to the fact that we had someone with us who was very knowledgeable about the area and knew all the right spots to check for water.



Thanks for the info. The first location has been good for water in the past. Your second location usually has water as well, but not many people travel that drainage, because it is off the "official" Smokey Creek Trail (downstream of the cut-over with the trail sign), and requires a tough climb back down to the Smoky drainage across from Mule Ears.

Thanks again.
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Re: Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2009, 10:53:13 PM »
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Thanks for the info. The first location has been good for water in the past. Your second location usually has water as well, but not many people travel that drainage, because it is off the "official" Smokey Creek Trail (downstream of the cut-over with the trail sign), and requires a tough climb back down to the Smoky drainage across from Mule Ears.

Thanks again.

Badknees, you're not kidding about the tough climb down. I take it you've gone this way before? It's very steep and there's lots of loose rock. Then once down, there are some boulders to climb over. But it was very exciting and worthwhile in the end. Once at the bottom if you go upstream 20 yards or so there is a beautiful little trickle waterfall with ferns hanging down. I'm always amazed at the beauty to be found in Big Bend.

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Re: Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2009, 11:00:04 PM »
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Thanks for the info. The first location has been good for water in the past. Your second location usually has water as well, but not many people travel that drainage, because it is off the "official" Smokey Creek Trail (downstream of the cut-over with the trail sign), and requires a tough climb back down to the Smoky drainage across from Mule Ears.

Thanks again.

Badknees, you're not kidding about the tough climb down. I take it you've gone this way before? It's very steep and there's lots of loose rock. Then once down, there are some boulders to climb over. But it was very exciting and worthwhile in the end. Once at the bottom if you go upstream 20 yards or so there is a beautiful little trickle waterfall with ferns hanging down. I'm always amazed at the beauty to be found in Big Bend.


Lots of hidden gems out there in the Quemadas.

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Re: Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2009, 07:18:04 AM »
I am glad to have friends here who will promptly pitch in for me...but, where are the pictures?. Sorry for not coming in earlier,just swamped with trabajo...that is all.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2009, 10:19:56 AM »
Raptor, we hiked down that pouroff back in Jan '08. There was a ton of water in the area where you camped. It was flowing from above where the canyon narrows all the way to the pouroff. You had a great spot to set up camp at.

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/january-backpack-t5208.0.html

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Re: Water in boot spring/Fresno right now?
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2009, 10:36:42 AM »
Raptor, we hiked down that pouroff back in Jan '08. There was a ton of water in the area where you camped. It was flowing from above where the canyon narrows all the way to the pouroff. You had a great spot to set up camp at.

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/january-backpack-t5208.0.html

Yes, it was a great spot to camp. We even saw the International Space Station fly over as we ate dinner that night. You're description in the linked thread above of descending the pouroff is accurate. It was quite dangerous and one small misstep could have meant serious danger. For anyone attempting this decent, use caution and go very slowly! It took us about 45 minutes to get down because we were taking it very slow, carefully selecting each step we took. 


 


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